Steam Saturday: Together Again

Southern Pacific 4-6-2 No. 2467. Originally retired in December 1956

To railroad enthusiasts the 1950s was the steam to diesel transition era when both types of motive power were in revenue service at the same time.

I’m sure both often many cross paths prior to the steamers being retired.

Southern Pacific was very generous when it comes to preservation. More than 60 steamers of various sizes were donated to cites and museums.

The same applies to vintage diesels with more than 40 having been donated.

Shown in this post are a few examples of both type of motive power that were all retired by SP. They were all restored to active service later and were together at some time again in the 1990s.

All of the photographs are from the California State Railroad Museum’s Railfairs held in 1991 and 1999.

SP2472 was at the 1991 event while SP2467 was at the 1999 event. All the others were present at both festivals.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449. Originally retired in October 1957.
Southern Pacific 4-6-2 No. 2472. Originally retired February 1957
Southern Pacific E9A 6051. Built 1954
Southern Pacific GP9 No. 5623. Built 1955
Southern Pacific DRS66-1500 No. 5208. Built 1949.

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